More than Just Marketing: The 5 Pillars of Red Bull’s Success

Guerrilla marketing, sports sponsorship, content marketing. For over 30 years, Red Bull has been setting numerous milestones in marketing and branding and has become a blueprint for start-ups eager for marketing success. Why add another to the many articles that are already in circulation about Austria’s most famous brand? Rather than reproducing the usual details of the marketing genius that has made Red Bull one of the world’s most recognizable brands, we wanted to take a look at universal principles that give wings not only to the energy drink maker but also to any startup that wants to rise to the top.

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Beyond Meat: What Start-ups Can Learn from the World’s Hottest Vegan Meat Company Right Now

Ten years after its foundation, Californian start-up Beyond Meat drew a lot of attention in May by staging the most successful IPO in 2019. After the first quarterly figures exceeded the expectations of the analysts, despite losses, the manufacturer of vegan meat products’ shares shot up to three to four times their initial value. While the company has yet to prove that it can survive this unprecedented hype, Beyond Meat is the pioneer of a whole industry and disruptive in the best sense. What makes Beyond Meat so successful? And what principles does the company share with other successful start-ups?

Innovation, Emotion, Agility: Spotify’s Rise to Fame

When Spotify was founded in Stockholm in 2006, things looked grim for the music streaming market. Filesharing sites such as Napster had been shut down by court order, and players such as Apple and Pandora used a pay per download or exclusive payment system. Twelve years later, Spotify’s streaming service was listed on the stock market despite fierce competition, and with an issue price well above expectations. How can Spotify’s success be explained? Is it the Netflix of the music industry? And how will they meet the challenges of the future?

Bahlsen Biscuits: 4 Reasons for 130 Years of Success

Choco Leibniz, Puff Pastry Biscuits and the famous Leibniz Butter Biscuit: Over 90% of German-speaking households know the name Bahlsen according to the company website. Their annual production volumes and sales are growing, they export to the US, Europe, Middle East and now Asia. Founded in 1889, this family-owned business  relies not only on tradition and nostalgia to stand up to powerful competitors such as Nestlé, Mondelez or de Beukelaer. What other factors are responsible for the Bahlsen’s success?

Rimowa: The Making of a High-Flying Luggage Brand

Rimowa products are often referred to as “Porsche among suitcases”. And with good reason: their smallest hand luggage sized model now costs about 400 Euro. For an aluminium version, modeled after the historical original, you even need to fork out up to 800 Euro. Nevertheless, the suitcases with the famous groove design are conquering more and more luggage carousels and can be found in First as well as in Economy Class. Why? We take a closer look at the Rimowa phenomenon.

Hungry for More: How Five Guys Burger Chain Goes Global

Founded in 1986, the Washington DC burger chain was voted the most popular fast food restaurant in the US for the second consecutive year in 2018. In doing so, the company and their simple menu buck the trend towards luxury burgers as well as healthy eating. Since 2016, their expansion into the Middle East and Europe is in full swing, with 100 new branches opening every year. What are Five Guys doing right?


The only Way is Up: Web Summit Conference

When Tech Conference Web Summit took place again in Lisbon last week with around 70,000 participants, the event was one of the most successful industry events globally. A long way up from its humble beginnings 10 years ago, when the first Web Summit staged a meeting of a few hundred tech bloggers, journalists and industry leaders in a Dublin hotel during the Irish economic crisis. The rise of an obscure industry event to a globally recognized startup exchange – how did this happen? And what can young entrepreneurs learn from Web Summit’s success?


Lamy Pens: Writing History in a Declining Market

Marketing for Medium Sized Companies
Fountain pens, pens or rollerball pens may be, in the eyes of many, things of the past, for which there is no more room in the world of smartphones, Alexa and speech recognition technology. But by tripling their turnover over the last ten years, long established pen manufacturer Lamy from Heidelberg, Germany, proves that with innovation and targeted marketing, even a shrinking market can be navigated successfully. What’s Lamy’s secret? We investigated a bit.


On the Ball: 4 Reasons for Adidas’ Long-term Success

Ups and downs
With the company nearly 70 years old, Adidas is as robust and successful as ever before. While competitors such as Nike and Under Armour struggled with sales losses in the traditionally competitive US sportswear market, Adidas achieved an annual sales increase of 31%, continued to secure market share at the expense of its competitors, and also exceeded analysts’ expectations in 2018. The company was mostly making losses in the 80s and 90s. How did they overcome this crisis? And how can we explain Adidas’ current success?


10 Years of Airbnb: Airbeds and High-Flyers

Ingenious Marketing Success Stories
Airbnb, the online marketplace for booking and renting private accommodation, has become a symbol of the sharing economy. Ten years after it was founded, with a current estimated US $ 30 billion in value, the company and their mission called Belong Anywhere have transformed the tourism industry – causing stirs and controversies abound along the way …